Thursday, July 13, 2017

Air Cargo Airline Sponsors Aspiring Aero Engineers Competition

Encouraging the Next Generation at an Early Age
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UK – British all-cargo airline, CargoLogicAir (CLA) has joined forces with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to support this year's Payload Challenge for aspiring international aviators and engineers. Organised by the British Model Flying Association (BMFA), the competition was held at the National Flying Centre at Buckminster Lodge in Lincolnshire.

Participating teams were tasked with designing, building and launching their own model aircraft in a series of three challenges based on distance, quantity and weight. Creating these categories with different requirements provided the opportunity for competitors of all ages to join in the fun, with the participants ranging from under-17 years of age to air cadets.

Attracting an international group of students, the competition was enthusiastically sponsored by CargoLogicAir because it embraced two of the airline’s core values; a passion for aviation and community involvement. Professional radio control pilots flew the aircraft for safety reasons before each team faced an evaluation by a panel of judges, which included Aleksey Matyukhin, Lead Engineer at CLA. He said:

“Although still a relatively new airline, CargoLogicAir has a lot of experience in the cargo industry through its team of employees and strategic partnerships. I was honoured to be part of the event and extremely impressed by the excellent solutions created by such young minds. Innovation is at the heart of CLA’s business strategy and it was clearly evident in the design of each team’s aircraft models.”

Such events may seem to have little in common with the air cargo market but in fact many such aspiring modelling engineers have gone on to make a really significant contribution to the real world aeronautical industry in later life and, in a typical example of the international appeal of such competitions, two of the three winning teams of the payload competition travelled all the way from China whilst the other winner was from the UK.

Photo: The happy competition winners.